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As Covid-19 sweeps through America, veteran Kansas State sportswriter Tim Fitzgerald is laying low. Also battling Stage 4 prostate cancer, his medical team has ordered him into self-isolation. To get through this stressful time, he's calling up friends with whom he's cultivated relationships during his many decades in sports; the result of those conversations is the Life of Fitz podcast.

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As Covid-19 sweeps through America, veteran Kansas State sportswriter Tim Fitzgerald is laying low. Also battling Stage 4 prostate cancer, his medical team has ordered him into self-isolation. To get through this stressful time, he's calling up friends with whom he's cultivated relationships during his many decades in sports; the result of those conversations is the Life of Fitz podcast.

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Easy enjoyable and informative listen

Great Podcast

By whouthink - May 21 2020
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This is my go to podcast during the week. It’s a must listen every week.

iTunes Ratings

68 Ratings
Average Ratings
66
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Great podcast

By Mr Toss Back - May 23 2020
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Easy enjoyable and informative listen

Great Podcast

By whouthink - May 21 2020
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This is my go to podcast during the week. It’s a must listen every week.
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Life of Fitz

Latest release on Aug 25, 2020

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As Covid-19 sweeps through America, veteran Kansas State sportswriter Tim Fitzgerald is laying low. Also battling Stage 4 prostate cancer, his medical team has ordered him into self-isolation. To get through this stressful time, he's calling up friends with whom he's cultivated relationships during his many decades in sports; the result of those conversations is the Life of Fitz podcast.

Rank #1: Dana Dimel in El Paso

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This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling his longtime friend Dana Dimel in El Paso, Texas. Fitz covered Dimel in the 1984 and '85 seasons when Dimel was an offensive lineman and Fitz was a student journalist. Dimel transitioned into coaching and Fitzgerald began covering Kansas State football on a full-time basis in 1995, overlapping for two seasons with Dimel serving as K-State's offensive coordinator. Then, at age 34, Dimel became the head coach at Wyoming in 1997, going 22-13 in three seasons before taking on the task of rebuilding the Houston program in 2000. Three seasons into that project, Dimel went 5-7 but a change of leadership led to his unexpected firing right as the program was building momentum. He eventually ended up on Mike Stoops’ staff at Arizona and returned to K-State when Bill Snyder came out of retirement in 2009, again as offensive coordinator. Then, in 2018, he took over the UTEP program head coach.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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May 28 2020

55mins

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Rank #2: Vahe Gregorian in Kansas City, Missouri

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This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling his sports writing colleague Vahe Gregorian in Kansas City, Missouri. Gregorian earned respect as one of the great college beat writers in the Midwest after covering the Big Eight and Big 12 during 25 years at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, but in 2013 he joined the Kansas City Star as a sports columnist. Vahe now covers the Kansas City Chiefs, Royals and area major college sports, among other topics.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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May 26 2020

53mins

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Rank #3: Frank Martin in Columbia, S.C.

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On this episode of the Life of Fitz podcast, host Tim Fitzgerald calls his friend, former Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin. Martin seemed ready for a long stay in Manhattan until a new university president hired John Currie to be athletics director. A toxic relationship between Currie and Martin drove Martin after a loss in the Round of 32 of the 2012 NCAA Tournament to become the head coach at South Carolina. Martin built the Gamecocks from the ground up and put the long-suffering program in the 2017 Final Four, something no one in Columbia, South Carolina, expected.

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Tim Fitzgerald is sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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Mar 26 2020

46mins

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Rank #4: Michael Bishop in Houston

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On this episode of the Life of Fitz podcast, host Tim Fitzgerald calls his friend, Michael Bishop, the runner-up for the 1998 Heisman Trophy. After Coach Bill Snyder took over the program in 1989, the historically downtrodden Wildcats began to improve. When Bishop arrived from Blinn College in 1997, he came as part of a historic junior college recruiting class that would elevate Snyder’s program and prove that college football programs could compete for titles by recruiting junior college talent. During the 1997 and 1998 seasons, K-State went 22-3 and 15-1 in Big 12 action. At the heart of it all was Bishop, who was a running and throwing whirlwind on the field.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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Apr 14 2020

57mins

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Rank #5: Dr. Dan Kuester in Manhattan, Kansas

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This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling his good friend Dr. Dan Kuester across town in Manhattan. Kuester grew up in southern Missouri, attended Drury College in Springfield and then earned both his master’s and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Missouri. After teaching at the University of Arkansas for four years, he arrived in Manhattan in the fall of 2004 and this Missouri man has found himself at home in the heart of the Flint Hills of Kansas, where he's best known on the K-State campus for teaching a very popular sports economics class.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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May 21 2020

53mins

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Rank #6: Jaime Mendez in Los Angeles

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On this episode of the Life of Fitz podcast, host Tim Fitzgerald calls his friend, Jaime Mendez, a former Kansas State safety who arrived in Manhattan in 1989 and started for the Wildcats from 1990-93. By his senior year, Mendez was a consensus All-American who started every game of his four-year career, culminating in the 1993 Copper Bowl, just the school’s second bowl game and first bowl victory. Mendez still holds the K-State career record with 15 interceptions, including four against Temple in 1992. In 2002, Mendez was one of the six inaugural members of K-State’s ring of honor at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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May 19 2020

55mins

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Rank #7: Ben Leber in Minneapolis

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On this episode of the Life of Fitz podcast, host Tim Fitzgerald calls his friend, Ben Leber, a former NFL linebacker and currently an analyst for Fox Sports. Leber was a star running back coming out of high school in Vermillion, South Dakota, but when he came to Kansas State in 1997, he switched to linebacker. It was a very good decision. Leber went on to become a two-time All-Big 12 linebacker, and then a third-round selection by the San Diego Chargers in the 2002 NFL Draft. He played 10 seasons with three different franchises, but after four years in San Diego, Ben and his wife Abby settled in Minneapolis when he played five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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Apr 07 2020

57mins

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Rank #8: Sam Mellinger in Kansas City, Missouri

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On this episode of the Life of Fitz podcast, host Tim Fitzgerald calls his friend, Sam Mellinger, one of the sports columnists for the Kansas City Star, who has carried on the Star’s rich history of talented sports columnists. Sam graduated from the University of Kansas in 2000, and went to work at the Star and began climbing the career ladder. Sam has been a sports columnist at the Star since 2010, covering both a World Series championship for the Royals and a Super Bowl title for the Chiefs, but in a span of a few months back into 2010, the Star went from having nationally-known columnists Joe Posnanski and Jason Whitlock to just Mellinger. They soon after added Vahe Gregorian, once again giving them a dynamic one-two punch as columnists.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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May 14 2020

58mins

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Rank #9: Greg Sharpe in Lincoln, Nebraska

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On this episode of the Life of Fitz podcast, host Tim Fitzgerald calls his friend, Greg Sharpe who now serves as the radio play-by-play announcer for University of Nebraska football and baseball games. Sharpe, though, served as the Voice of the Wildcats for Kansas State football, calling games between 1996 and 2002, During that seven-year stretch, K-State averaged 10 wins a season as K-State football rose to prominence under Coach Bill Snyder. Sharpe and K-State parted ways in 2002 but prior to the 2008 season, he became Voice of the Huskers and settled in as Voice of the Huskers.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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Apr 21 2020

52mins

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Rank #10: Sean Lowe in Dallas

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On this episode of the Life of Fitz podcast, host Tim Fitzgerald calls his friend, Sean Lowe, a former Kansas State football player who found love on The Bachelor. Lowe was originally cast as one of the men on the eighth season of The Bachelorette, but a few months later Lowe returned for the 17th season of The Bachelor, and at the center of attention of a houseful of women who were hoping to become Mrs. Sean Lowe. Lowe offered his final rose to Catherine Guidici and after being wed in a televised ceremony in January of 2014, the couple is happily living in Dallas with their three young children.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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Apr 23 2020

50mins

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Rank #11: Mick Shaffer in Shawnee, Kansas

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On this episode of the Life of Fitz podcast, host Tim Fitzgerald calls his friend, Mick Shaffer, sports director at KSHB-41, the NBC affiliate in Kansas City. Fitz isn't sure when exactly the two became friends but they bonded one summer at a Big 12 football media event in Dallas, eventually breaking greasy bread that night at a Whataburger. The two share a sarcastic sense of humor as you will quickly discover in this episode.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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Mar 28 2020

54mins

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Rank #12: Gabe DeArmond in Columbia, Missouri

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On this episode of the Life of Fitz podcast, host Tim Fitzgerald calls fellow site publisher Gabe DeArmond of PowerMizzou.com. Fitz and Gabe always viewed their sites as news outlets that practice journalism, which for many years was not how sites in their industry were viewed by outsiders. The customers are fans, but they're not at games to be fans. Their sites cover recruiting, but they are much more than recruiting sites. Both sports publishers practice community journalism, but while all of Fitz's community wears purple, Gabe’s dons black and gold.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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Apr 09 2020

55mins

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Rank #13: Jenni Carlson in Oklahoma City

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On this episode of the Life of Fitz podcast, host Tim Fitzgerald calls his friend, Jenni Carlson, a columnist for The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City. Carlson was part of a national story when back in 2007 when Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy took exception to a story in the Oklahoma City newspaper. On the receiving end of Gundy’s "I’m a man, I’m 40" tirade was Jenni Carlson, one of the kindest, most professional people in the sports writing industry. Carlson has now been in OKC for more than 20 years.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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Apr 03 2020

53mins

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Rank #14: Nick Leckey in Lake Quivira, Kansas

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On this episode of the Life of Fitz podcast, host Tim Fitzgerald calls his friend, Nick Leckey, whose final year of football at Kansas State came during the Wildcats’ 2003 Big 12 Championship season and then in the 2004 NFL Draft, the offensive lineman was selected in the sixth round by the Arizona Cardinals. Leckey played six seasons in the NFL mostly as a center, ending his career as part of the 2009 New Orleans Saints Super Bowl championship team. Leckey now works in medical sales and offers his football analysis for the Kansas City Chiefs' official website and podcast, while living in the suburbs of Kansas City.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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Apr 30 2020

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Rank #15: Andrew Smith in Manhattan, Kansas

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On this episode of the Life of Fitz podcast, host Tim Fitzgerald calls his friend, Andrew Smith, a Kansas State University, who as the coronavirus swept the globe, found himself with his wife, two daughters and seven students in London. As he prepared to return he wasn’t feeling well, but the tell-tale symptoms of COVID-19 didn’t settle in until he arrived home in Manhattan. Smith, however, is more than simply the first coronavirus case in Riley County, Kansas, he's a veteran of sports broadcaster with a thirst for travel and a love for the stage. Smith talks about it all as he completes his recovery from COVID-19.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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Apr 27 2020

57mins

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Kevin Lockett in Leawood, Kansas

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This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling his friend Kevin Lockett, the most prolific receiver in Kansas State football history and the first of the Locketts to come to K-State. Kevin came to Manhattan in 1992 from Tulsa’s Booker T. Washington High School and he quickly became known for flying high to make an endless string of aerial receptions for the Wildcats. During his career, Lockett rewrote the entire K-State receiving record book and if he doesn’t still hold a record, there’s a good chance the mark was surpassed by either his brother, Aaron, who followed him to K-State, or his eldest son, Tyler, who played for Snyder from 2011-14, and broke his father’s career receiving yards mark. Kevin was a first-team All-Big 12 selection in 1996 and was drafted in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, eventually spending time with four different franchises before putting down his family’s roots in Kansas City.

Since retiring from football, Kevin has worked for both the Kauffman Foundation and the Kansas Bioscience Authority before taking his 20 years of experience fostering early-stage businesses to become a partner in Fulcrum Global Capital, which invests with entrepreneurs in the fields agricultural, ag-tech and animal health. And the great news for football fans is there are three more Lockett boys on the way, with Sterling, a prospect in 2022 class recently receiving a Kansas State scholarship offer, while 11-year-old twins Jacob and Jordan are, of course, budding athletes. Kevin and his wife, Cheryl, also served a term on the Kansas State University Foundation’s Board of Directors.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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Aug 25 2020

57mins

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Mark Simoneau in Gardner, Kansas

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This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling his friend Mark Simoneau, a former Kansas State and NFL linebacker. During his time at K-State from 1995-1999, Simoneau became a dominant force for the Wildcats during the late 1990s. He was named the Big 12’s defensive player of the year after the 1999 season and went into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012. After leaving K-State, Simoneau was drafted in the third round of the 2000 draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He spent three seasons in Atlanta, followed by three seasons each with the Philadelphia Eagles the New Orleans Saints. Mark completed his career with a final season with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2010. Mark is now the strength coach at Gardner-Edgerton (Kan.) High School in suburban Kansas City.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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Aug 18 2020

59mins

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Brien Hanley in Frisco, Texas

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This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling his friend Brien Hanley, an offensive lineman on the historic 1997 and 1998 Kansas State football teams. Hanley was part of a junior college recruiting class for Coach Bill Snyder that forever changed K-State football, as well as college football by proving a program can recruit juco players and still be a national title contender. Brien now works in banking in Frisco, Texas, but he also hosts his own podcast — Let's Talk Ball with Big B — and serves as the analyst alongside Fitz on the Powercat Postgame Podcast following every K-State football game.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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Aug 11 2020

59mins

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Michael Smith in New Orleans

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This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling his friend Michael Smith, the first breakout star of Bill Snyder's Kansas State program as a highly productive receiver. Smith completed his K-State career in 1991 as the second-leading receiver in Big Eight Conference history and after a brief stint in the NFL, Smith entered coaching. He spent 17 seasons at K-State working for Snyder, first leaving in 2005 when Snyder retired and then returning in 2009 when Snyder returned. He departed again in 2013 working at Arkansas and Kentucky, where he stepped down just prior to the pandemic to seek another coaching position. Until he returns to the field, Coach Smith, and his family, is back in his hometown of New Orleans.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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Aug 04 2020

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Jamar Samuels in Manhattan, Kansas

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This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling his friend Jamar Samuels, a former Kansas State basketball player for Coach Frank Martin. Over his four seasons, Samuels averaged 9.5 points and 5.4 rebounds a game, including a points average of 11 during his sophomore season. Samuels was always in motion, hustling, fighting, and too often fouling, but the fans loved him. When Samuels departed K-State, he was just the third Wildcat to exceed 1200 points and 700 rebounds in a career. The first two were Bob Boozer and Ed Nealy. Jamar has been playing overseas since graduation, with stops in Spain, Italy, Israel, Romania and Angola during his career. Now Samuels has decided to make Manhattan his offseason home.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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Jul 28 2020

48mins

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Al Jones in Summerlin, Nevada

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This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling his friend, fraternity brother and former Kansas State football player Al Jones. Jones walked onto the K-State football program under Stan Parrish and played two years as a tight end. Then when Bill Snyder arrived in December of 1988, he put Jones and his teammates through a trial by fire. Jones and those who survived the process are honored now as members of The Foundation for all that came after them. K-State football as it now is would not exist without the work put in my Jones and his fellow Wildcats. A model and talent scout since leaving K-State, Al Jones now lives in the Las Vegas suburbs.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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Jul 21 2020

56mins

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Claire Coggins in Lee's Summit, Missouri

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This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling his dear friend Claire Coggins, a former Kansas State women's basketball player and assistant coach. Claire was the focal point of the Kansas State women’s team in the mid-2000s, twice earning second-team All-Big 12 recognition before playing the 2007 season with the WNBA’s Chicago Sky and then one season professionally in Greece before deciding to retire from the game. She went on to coach, spending time on both Deb Patterson’s staff before becoming a full-time assistant coach for current K-State coach Jeff Mittie. She decided to get out of coaching after meeting the love of her life, former Texas head coach Karen Aston. The two now have a three-year-old daughter, Marilyn.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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Jul 16 2020

55mins

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Wyatt Thompson in Manhattan, Kansas

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This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling his good friend Wyatt Thompson across town in Manhattan. Thompson is entering his 19th school year as Kansas State’s Voice of the Wildcats, the title carried by a long line of sports play-by-play announcers. Being called the Voice of the Wildcats comes with incredibly high expectations from a fan base who has enjoyed some of the best talents in the radio business. Thompson came to K-State from Colorado State, following athletic director Tim Weiser from CSU once he threw the door open to a negotiation for the athletic department’s radio rights, and K-State fans have grown to love his style. It’s his voice associated with the highlights from Kansas State’s historic 2003 Big 12 football championship victory over Oklahoma, numerous big bowl wins and a couple of trips to the Elite Eight of the NCAA basketball tournament. For every current Kansas State student, it was Thompson’s voice they heard if they listened to a K-State sporting event on the radio during their childhood.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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Jul 14 2020

57mins

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BJ Kissel in Overland Park, Kansas

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This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling his former student and Kansas State baseball player BJ Kissel, who now is an in-house reporter for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. The former K-State athlete was one of about 15 students in a sports writing class offered in the spring of 2006 by K-State's AQ Miller School of Journalism, which was taught by Fitz. After leaving K-State and moving to KC, Kissel worked on the edges of the industry for years, writing a blog as more of a hobby but he was honing his craft. Then six years ago, the Kansas City Chiefs created a job for an in-house reporter and Kissel landed the job. He was in the right place at the right time and had prepared himself the right way to earn a unique spot in the journalism industry.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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Jul 10 2020

56mins

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Joe Bob Clements in Stillwater, Oklahoma

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This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling former Kansas State football player and coach Joe Bob Clements who now coaches the defensive line at Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Clements was one of the players who was the heart and soul of the 1998 Kansas State Wildcats, who went unbeaten in the regular season. After completing his playing days, Clements launched right into coaching, paying his dues as an unpaid assistant coach for four years and then sliding onto the full-time staff in 2003 as part of the school’s Big 12 title team. Clements departed after Coach Bill Snyder retired following the 1995 season, but returned to Manhattan in 2009 to join Snyder’s new staff, and he then shocked the K-State world by jumping to Oklahoma State prior to the 2013 season, where he remains.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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Jul 07 2020

53mins

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Clent Stewart in Bartlesville, Oklahoma

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This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling former Kansas State basketball player Clent Stewart in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Stewart came to Kansas State to play for Jim Wooldridge and ended his career with seasons under Bob Huggins and Frank Martin. That was like taking a college masterclass in basketball coaching and now Stewart is a high school coach in Oklahoma, but that’s just his side gig. When Stewart left K-State to work for Phillips 66 in Bartlesville and he’s been climbing the ranks with the company ever since.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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Jun 30 2020

58mins

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Bobby Burton in Brentwood, Tennessee

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This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling his good friend Bobby Burton in the Nashville suburb of Brentwood. Bobby and Fitz go back 25 years when Bobby, who was then working for the National Recruiting Advisor in Austin, Texas, served as Fitz's first national recruiting expert to help him cover Kansas State football recruiting. Burton eventually helped launch the original Rivals.com, enticing Fitz to join the network as K-State's site, and then he went on to become one of the founders of 247Sports in Nashville, the network with which GoPowercat is now affiliated. Burton now owns a Texas-style barbecue restaurant in Brentwood named Judge Bean's BBQ.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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Jun 23 2020

1hr 1min

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Ryan Abraham in Hermosa Beach, California

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This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling Ryan Abraham, publisher of USCfootball.com on the 247Sports Network. Abraham has always offered a truly multimedia experience in one of the nation’s largest media markets. And the quality and quantity of his work helped Abraham’s site stand out, even in the Los Angeles market. From being one of the first to enter the podcast realm in our industry to offering live video programming for his subscribers and fans, Abraham's site is always one step ahead of the rest of the industry, let alone his competition.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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Jun 16 2020

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Thomas Hill in Phoenix

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This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling former Kansas State tight end Thomas Hill in the Phoenix area. Hill came out of Nathan Hale High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as a 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end who was filled with athletic talent and was short on actual playing experience. Still, Hill earned a scholarship offer from Kansas State coach Bill Snyder after his senior season in 1998 and even after new Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops sat on his family’s couch and offered to make him part of the rebuilding of the Sooners’ tradition, Hill stuck with the Wildcats. And during his four seasons on the field, Hill was an ideal fit for Snyder’s offense at the time. He could both block and get downfield as a receiver. After a brief flirtation with the NFL, Hill settled into private life, landing in the Phoenix area where he discovered that he had the spirit of an entrepreneur.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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Jun 09 2020

54mins

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Maurice Mack in Houston

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This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling former Kansas State strong safety Maurice Mack in Houston. Maurice was the running back who followed Darren Sproles at Olathe North High School in Kansas City and there was no drop off in production at the position. He then followed Sproles to Kansas State, but he switched to the defensive side of the ball, donning the No. 24 jersey for the Wildcats. First a strong safety and then an undersized outside linebacker, Mack was one heck of a football player who went from winning a Big 12 title as a freshman to playing his senior season in the first year of the flawed Ron Prince era of K-State football. Now, he coaches at Humble High School in Houston and he also is using his new podcast, In the Life of a Mack, to speak about issues he sees in the world in which we live.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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Jun 03 2020

1hr 9mins

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Dana Dimel in El Paso

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This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling his longtime friend Dana Dimel in El Paso, Texas. Fitz covered Dimel in the 1984 and '85 seasons when Dimel was an offensive lineman and Fitz was a student journalist. Dimel transitioned into coaching and Fitzgerald began covering Kansas State football on a full-time basis in 1995, overlapping for two seasons with Dimel serving as K-State's offensive coordinator. Then, at age 34, Dimel became the head coach at Wyoming in 1997, going 22-13 in three seasons before taking on the task of rebuilding the Houston program in 2000. Three seasons into that project, Dimel went 5-7 but a change of leadership led to his unexpected firing right as the program was building momentum. He eventually ended up on Mike Stoops’ staff at Arizona and returned to K-State when Bill Snyder came out of retirement in 2009, again as offensive coordinator. Then, in 2018, he took over the UTEP program head coach.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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May 28 2020

55mins

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Vahe Gregorian in Kansas City, Missouri

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This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling his sports writing colleague Vahe Gregorian in Kansas City, Missouri. Gregorian earned respect as one of the great college beat writers in the Midwest after covering the Big Eight and Big 12 during 25 years at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, but in 2013 he joined the Kansas City Star as a sports columnist. Vahe now covers the Kansas City Chiefs, Royals and area major college sports, among other topics.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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May 26 2020

53mins

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Dr. Dan Kuester in Manhattan, Kansas

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This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling his good friend Dr. Dan Kuester across town in Manhattan. Kuester grew up in southern Missouri, attended Drury College in Springfield and then earned both his master’s and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Missouri. After teaching at the University of Arkansas for four years, he arrived in Manhattan in the fall of 2004 and this Missouri man has found himself at home in the heart of the Flint Hills of Kansas, where he's best known on the K-State campus for teaching a very popular sports economics class.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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May 21 2020

53mins

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Jaime Mendez in Los Angeles

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On this episode of the Life of Fitz podcast, host Tim Fitzgerald calls his friend, Jaime Mendez, a former Kansas State safety who arrived in Manhattan in 1989 and started for the Wildcats from 1990-93. By his senior year, Mendez was a consensus All-American who started every game of his four-year career, culminating in the 1993 Copper Bowl, just the school’s second bowl game and first bowl victory. Mendez still holds the K-State career record with 15 interceptions, including four against Temple in 1992. In 2002, Mendez was one of the six inaugural members of K-State’s ring of honor at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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May 19 2020

55mins

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Sam Mellinger in Kansas City, Missouri

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On this episode of the Life of Fitz podcast, host Tim Fitzgerald calls his friend, Sam Mellinger, one of the sports columnists for the Kansas City Star, who has carried on the Star’s rich history of talented sports columnists. Sam graduated from the University of Kansas in 2000, and went to work at the Star and began climbing the career ladder. Sam has been a sports columnist at the Star since 2010, covering both a World Series championship for the Royals and a Super Bowl title for the Chiefs, but in a span of a few months back into 2010, the Star went from having nationally-known columnists Joe Posnanski and Jason Whitlock to just Mellinger. They soon after added Vahe Gregorian, once again giving them a dynamic one-two punch as columnists.

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Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for more than 20 years. Fitz also has stage 4 prostate cancer, so his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.

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May 14 2020

58mins

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Great podcast

By Mr Toss Back - May 23 2020
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Easy enjoyable and informative listen

Great Podcast

By whouthink - May 21 2020
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This is my go to podcast during the week. It’s a must listen every week.